Katha Pollitt What's Wrong With Gay Marriage Analysis

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The essay written by Katha Pollitt, titled, “What’s wrong with gay marriage” is an intriguing one. At first, the author, explains the notion that marriage and procreation do not necessarily go hand-in- hand. And later, she carefully interprets the true meaning of marriage; by stating there is a separation of church and state. Most importantly, the author speaks to her audience in a clear and logical manner; without adding personal biases. Although the essay may seem to have deterministic view on social behavior. Nonetheless, I believe that does not disqualify the series of argument which she makes.

Pollit expounds on the true meaning of marriage; by looking at the history of marriage. For a period of time “polygyny was the rule;” and continues
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Rather, it is something deeper more genuine a union which does not need to follow social order. It is about two people loving each other for how they naturally know how to. This makes the reader come to the understanding that gay marriage is not an attention seeking behavior; but instead a sincere desire for another. Pollit concludes by saying the only objection to gay marriage is based on religious prejudice. Which means that there is no logical reasoning behind people disapproval of gay marriage. Rather, it is merely something which someone else’s religion dislikes. At the end, marriage is not defined by religion; but instead interpreted by the government. Even if the “holy book tells you to wed all the girls in apartment 3G” you are still are not allowed to do so.

Regarding the controversial issue of same sex marriage. It seems that Pollit is trying to justify same sex marriage by comparing it to a legal substandard marriage (A man can marry a woman no matter how ill acquainted). In the essay of gay “Marriage” societal suicide by Charles Colson, he takes the same approach by disregarding all the issues of traditional marriage. Both of these essays are guilty of distorting the readers perception of what is a good marriage by vastly exaggerating and ignoring many
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